SassaB and Tracy Sanders: A Charming Reality

By: Jaime Page

Jewelry charms are all the rage right now, even in the world of young fashionistas. Enter Tracy Sanders and her adorable brainchild, SassaB Linkable Charms. Her daughter, Brooke, a little fashionista in her own right, grew bored with typical accessories. Using a charm from her own collection, Tracy decorated Brooke’s barrette and thus, the seed for her new business was planted.

From bejeweling her daughter’s hair adornment, the idea grew into a business creating linkable, tradable charms in all different varieties. In recent months, SassaB charms have made their way into the world of reality TV, making fans of Real Housewives of Orange County’s Tamra Barney and Heather Dubrow. While SassaB Charms have already made an impression on some of the RHOC tweens, Tracy would love to see some SassaB charms accessorizing the pre-teens of Kandi Buruss and Kim Zolciak from The Real Housewives of Atlanta and in the future, hopefully, Bethenny Frankel’s daughter, Bryn. Tracy, a fan of the Real Housewives’ franchise, relates to the entrepreneurial spirit that the ladies in the series embody.

All the charms hold a special place in Tracy’s heart, however, the Panda bear was the first charm created for the SassaB line. Looking at the charm reminds Tracy of the happy beginning when the idea for her jewelry began to flourish. The heart and rainbow charms were also two charms chosen for the line by Tracy’s nieces. Also, SassaB is not just a ‘girls only’ club; Tracy’s son, Hudson, adorns his backpack with the snake, squirrel and blue horse charms. Hudson looks forward to creating a sports charm collection with mom in the near future. Speaking of the future of SassaB, what else is up next for Tracy? Drawing from her roots as a young woman in NYC, the new women’s collection will have a very edgy, rock and roll type vibe.

I have had the fortunate experience of receiving a SassaB bracelet and charms for my five year-old daughter. My daughter, K, fell in love with the many options of charms and could not stop switching them from her backpack to the bracelet and even hung them on her jacket zipper. Not only did I find them absolutely adorable, but also I truly appreciate the lobster claw clasp that keeps the charms secured to each other or whatever my little diva attaches them to. The secure clasp avoids the tears that often come and money lost when a charm gets lost.

Now, readers, it’s your turn to jump on the hottest tween charm trend (No worries grown ups, you can sport them, too!). Just comment below about who in your life would love to be charmed by SassaB to win your very own SassaB hair tie with charms. TBB Reality will notify THREE lucky winners via email about their prize. In the meantime, check out www.sassb.com to learn more about this amazing product and to see where you can purchase the adorable charms.

*PLEASE NOTE TBB WILL NEVER SHARE YOUR EMAIL OR USE IT FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN TO NOTIFY YOU IN THE EVENT OF A CONTEST WIN*

*Winners will be chosen at random on 8/31/13. Only US and Canada eligible.

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Let Me Tell YOU Something about Caroline Manzo…

carolineBy Brent Osborne (@HousewifeGuy)

For all the table-flipping, screaming and stripping allegations that are tossed around on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, we can always count on Caroline Manzo to be the voice of reason amongst the cast.  Love her or hate her, Caroline offers valuable advice and sound judgment on the show. When Mama Manzo speaks, everybody seems to listen.

The mother of three divulges her no-nonsense approach to life in her new book, Let Me Tell You Something: Life as a Real Housewife, Tough-Love Mother, and Street-Smart Businesswoman. (HarperCollins)

Let me tell you something about Caroline Manzo, she is truly the most genuine celebrity I have had the pleasure to meet.  Over the years, I have been lucky enough to meet and interact with Real Housewives and reality stars alike and Caroline and her familiy are absolutely wonderful!

Caroline’s book is filled with personal stories, family photos and her secret meatball recipe. Caroline also dishes about what goes on behind-the-scenes while filming RHONJ, such as when her middle child, Chris Manzo almost made a camera guy walk backwards into a pool while shooting with a $150,000 camera!

In the book, Caroline addresses marital infidelity– which is not a deal-breaker for her, especially if it was a one-night stand years ago. She shares her wisdom on raising children, keeping her marriage alive and gives honest confessions about beauty, body image and even plastic surgery.

My favorite part of the book is when Caroline shares a valuable outlook that she learned from her father:  “Everybody shits on a bowl.” Take a minute and think about it. As coarse as it may sound, all that it really means is that we’re all people.  At the end of the day, you, I, and the Queen of England shit on a bowl.  We’re all the same.

I cannot fathom living life in the spotlight–and sometimes, neither can Caroline. “I have to pinch myself every day to make sure I’m not dreaming,” Caroline admits in the book. Caroline shares her top five “pinch myself” moments with readers, a time when she has to stop and think “what the hell am I doing here?”, one being when she attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

I want YOU to share a “pinch myself” moment with ME! Leave a comment below and describe a time when you had to stop and think, “what the hell am I doing here?” (or simply tell us why you LOVE RHONJ)!  Every person who comments will be automatically entered for a chance to win our PERSONAL TBB  autographed copy of Caroline’s book, “Let Me Tell You Something”.

Listen to Tara’s audio interview with Caroline below!

Reality Roundup

NeNe Leakes (Source: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

Happy Birthday to the ThatHousewifeGuy brand! THG turns three years old this month and we are celebrating with an exciting giveaway for all of our Reality Roundup readers! See the bottom of this week’s Roundup for details!

Is being on Reality Television really worth it? For one of The Real Housewives stars, it is!

NeNe Leakes can now add highest paid housewife to her growing resume. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star has signed a mega contract for the sixth season of the hit show. The housewife turned actress will be reeling in a whopping 1 million dollars plus bonuses for the new season!

NeNe’s Real Housewives co-stars may be a little envious of her significant promotion; however, Bravo takes good care of the Atlanta ladies. Former Atlanta housewife, Kim Zolciak received a raise and her own spinoff series, Don’t Be Tardy…, last year with the second season premiering next week.  Kandi Burruss and Phaedra Parks received their own spin-offs as well, both of whom will be returning to RHOA next season.

Not only will Kandi and Phaedra be back, but all of the ladies will return—including Kenya Moore, Porsha Stewart and Cynthia Bailey.

The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Camille Grammer is expected to sit in the hot-seat on Watch What Happens: LIVE! Monday night. Camille is set to address the reasons why she won’t be returning for a fourth season of RHOBH and dish on the hardships of her divorce from Kelsey Grammer.

“I’m so excited to go on Andy’s show,” Camille told RadarOnline. “I absolutely adore Andy, and always have a great time on the show. I have no idea what Andy is going to ask me…The stress of the divorce has taken a toll on me, and I would happily address it on Andy’s show.”

Camille also praised her former cast member, Lisa Vanderpump for her recent stint on Dancing with the Stars. “I’m a former dancer, and I know how hard that can be on your body. I was so proud of Lisa and how well she did on Dancing With The Stars. She looked incredible, and kudos to her for sticking with it when she was so sick, good for her!”

Lisa was recently sent home from the competition after dancing away for six weeks. “It’s been six long weeks,” she said. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” Lisa was the first housewife to appear on the show.

***April Showers followed by fancy shmancy moisturizer…ON US.. TBB feel fab GIVEAWAY!!***

The Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jeresy collide! The Emporio Motor Group celebrated the grand opening of their new showroom on Route 17 in Ramsey with a celebrity studded event last Thursday.

Among the hundreds of guests were JWoww and her fiancé Roger Matthews, who are currently in the midst of planning their upcoming wedding.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, Melissa and Joe Gorga and Jacqueline and Chris Laurita were also in attendance at the event to check out the dealerships luxury car line-up.

Speaking of Jacqueline, she and former RHONJ star Danielle Staub recently got into a sparring match on Twitter.

Danielle slammed the show earlier this week on Twitter, suggesting that Bravo fire the entire cast after learning about the recent brawl at the Posche 2 opening.

Now, Jacqueline is outing Danielle for sending messages to Jac’s Twitter followers—encouraging them to tweet mean things about her. Jacqueline posted screenshots of these messages, proving that Danielle has been a driving force behind some very nasty tweets.

The cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey may be reluctant to reveal whether or not Danielle will be appear on Season 5 of this show,  but we will see for ourselves soon enough! The fifth season returns June 2nd! Be sure to look for the TBB Reality team in the background! We have been at many of the filmed events this season!

Blind Item: Which two stars of The Real Housewives of New Jersey argued at an event this week which ended in one pushing the other?

MobWives fans may be sad to hear that Love Majewski will not be returning next season. In fact, she wasn’t even invited to the reunion taping.

The producers of the show gave the pink slip. She took to Twitter to share, “I appreciate everyone’s support but please don’t blame @VH1 they did NOT fire me,I enjoyed working with @vh1,I was let go by left/right [productions].”

“YES this was a difficult week&it sucks to watch this little weasel lie about me&not b able2defend myself,” Love tweeted. “but this week was also a blessing!  YES a blessing! 4the 1st time since I started MW I can see ppl for who they really are&I am blessed to have some amazing REAL friends !”

Love is keeping her head up, however. And according to her tweets, she has plans to work on a new project! “Thank You all for the tremendous support I can’t wait until we are hear [sic] discussing my new project. I want to work on something REAL”.

MobWives co-star Renee Graziano says that she could not prevent Love’s fate on the show, even though her sister Jen is the creator of the series, tweeting: “Look People I wld LOVE 2 b the 1 HIRING n FIRING but I’m NOT the BOSS so there’s NOTHING I can do 2 get LOVE back.”

Ladies, have you bought your swimwear yet for the upcoming summer? Well if not, The Real Housewives of Orange County star, Gretchen Rossi has got you covered, literally!

Gretchen took to her Facebook page this week to announce the launch of her Gretchen Christine swimwear line. “Super excited to announce the launch of my new Gretchen Christine swimwear line with @LuxebyLisaVogel,” Gretchen wrote.

“We have styles for everybody type!” she continued. “Pre-orders available at http://www.swimspot.com and will hit retail stores on June 1st.”

Gretchen has become quite the entrepreneur! Between handbags, cosmetics and swimwear, this gal is well on her way to building a brand. Congrats, Gretch!

Jeana Keough was one of the original housewives, staring on the first season of The Real Housewives of Orange County and several seasons thereafter. During her time on the show, viewers got to know her children, Kara, Colton and Shane, who was pursuing a baseball career.

According to his tweets, Shane Keough  may be planning on releasing a book about his stint on the show. “My first book cover :),” Shane tweeted Friday, adding, “So excited to be a part of the team and looking forward to everyone getting a chance to read all the excitement.” He didn’t include a picture of the supposed book cover and he didn’t dish details about what the book could be about. Do you think the book is about RHOC?

I guess we will have to wait for the 100th-episode special of The Real Housewives of Orange County which will allegedly feature interviews and segments with cast members past and present!

Since ThatHousewifeGuy is celebrating its third birthday this month, I have decided to giveaway an awesome prize for all of my Reality Roundup readers! If you told me three years ago that I would be writing a weekly gossip column and mingling with stars of The Real Housewives, I’d probably laugh in your face.  What started off as a collection of RHONJ episode recaps, has turned into something I could never have imagined!

Throughout my time as “That Housewife Guy”, I have made many memories that I will cherish forever… and I want YOU to be able to capture your own memories! That is why I am excited to be giving away a Polaroid Digital Camcorder so you can take pictures and videos of all of life’s fantastic moments!

To enter, leave a comment below! Tell us–what is the most memorable moment of your lifetime? For more chances to win, click here.