Build That House

Mobwives' Renee Graziano, Jennifer Dalton, and Jennifer Aydin at the Jennifer by Delice launch party.

Mobwives’ Renee Graziano, Jennifer Dalton, and Jennifer Aydin at the Jennifer by Delice launch party.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of spending the evening with Jennifer Dalton, who you may remember from The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 5 and Pregnant In Heels season 2. Jennifer was celebrating the launch of her new fragrance and face and body bar line called Jennifer by Delice. Having attended several events together and sharing a close mutual friend, I’ve gotten to know Jennifer and was part of the group she arrived and left with.

Jennifer Dalton and I at the party.

Jennifer Dalton and I at the party.

Jennifer, like so many people I have met through my TBB blogging experience, is chasing her dreams. Like me, she is following a path, one that isn’t always easy or paved with definitive destinations. She’s on a journey, and though that journey may not be clear cut, the final destination is one of success, and self reliance, and she will get there. How do I know this? Because she’s not a quitter and she’s not one to just stand still and let the grass grow under her. She’s on the move, she’s setting goals, she’s leaving no stone unturned. As we close out 2014 and move into 2015, I want us all to embody those qualities that I see in Jennifer.

I’d like to share a little story with you. When I was a senior in high school I signed up to take a cooking class, I think it was a cooking class, though I don’t remember doing much cooking. The one thing I do remember, however, was our final project, which did indeed involve cooking. It was actually the main reason I signed up for the class. The fall semester students of this course got to design and create, from scratch, gingerbread houses for their final project. The houses then had the chance of being chosen for the holiday display at a popular inn north of New York City.

I had seen a Mexican Adobe Villa with sugar wafered patios and Twizzler Spanish tile roofing in a magazine and immediately knew this was the house my group had to make. My gut told me that choosing such a unique design that wasn’t typical for gingerbread houses would give us a leg up when it came to winning a spot in the display. If memory serves I got the the 3 other people in my group to agree to this. I can be pretty annoying  convincing when I have an agenda.

Making a gingerbread house from scratch is not easy, in fact I remember it being a complete and total pain in the ass. The gingerbread has to be cooked precisely, cooled to a certain hardness, angled a certain way. Any missteps and it literally all falls apart. There are strategically placed cans involved in getting walls to stand up and long drawn out minutes of holding the roof “just-so” until the icing sets enough so that you can let go.

After several days of fiddling with the gingerbread, repairing cracking pieces, scrapping parts to have to bake new ones again, our house was finally standing. We were excited to begin the decorating process, with just a couple of days left until the deadline. The morning of decorating day we walked in to find our house in ruins, the victim of some imaginary candied natural disaster. There sat our house in a heap of creamy frosting coated crumbly chaos. Our teacher could see the devastation in our eyes. “It’s ok,” she said, “I know how hard you all worked. You’ll get the A.”

That A, however, wasn’t good enough, at least not for me. “Can we start again?” I blurted out, while the eyes of the others, happy to be off the hook, shot imaginary daggers at my skull. “Well, there’s not much time, and it’s really not necessary. If you all want to then I suppose so, but you won’t be ready in time for the contest. Discuss it.”

There was no discussion, I was outnumbered. Nobody else in my group wanted to start again. They were satisfied to have tried, they were content with never touching gingerbread dough ever again. I went to my teacher and told her my dilemma. “It’s ok,”she said, “you don’t have to do this. Like I said, your grade is fine.” I explained to her it had nothing to do with a grade, it ran deeper. I had signed up for her course to make a gingerbread house and even if I had to sleep in the classroom I was going to make one. She tried to talk me out of it, she pointed out that if as a group it was a challenge, then surely on my own it would be a ridiculously daunting task. “Let me try,” I asked, “I want to be part of that contest.”

And so I persevered, working all alone with molasses and sugar while everybody else in that studio worked in groups of 3 or 4. For the last couple of days whenever I could get to that classroom I worked on that Mexican Adobe Villa like my life depended on it. Not only did I finish in time for the contest, I won!

Unfortunately I think I lost the only photo I had of that house, or maybe it’s buried in a box at my mom’s somewhere. However, I keep a mental picture of that house, and anytime a task feels too daunting, a dream too impossible, or somebody tells me “you can’t”, I flip to that mental picture and tell myself I can.

As we move into the new year I want each and every one of you to decide what your “gingerbread house” is and go for it. Never let anybody tell you, you can’t. If you want something so bad that you can taste it, you can make it happen.

Have a blessed holiday! We will be back with more TBB in January! See you next year!


Regards and Hugs,

Tara (The Bravo Blonde)

Reality Roundup: Get Him Out, Get Her On, Get Our Ratings Up

Melissa and Joe Gorga.

Melissa and Joe Gorga.

By Brent Osborne

We are one week away from the premier of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but things are less than flowery in one of the Garden State’s backyards. Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga and husband Joe are suing the inhabitant of their former home.

It turns out the couple’s Montville, NJ mansion was never actually sold, despite the claims that they received their full 3.8 million dollar asking price last August. There had been much speculation as to why a sale had never been legally recorded and it’s come out that the sale was actually a rent to purchase agreement with Kai D. Patterson, a software engineer and founder of Project Child Support. Reps for the Gorgas said that the agreement was “a purchase agreement with an extended close option…To date (Patterson) has failed to uphold his financial obligations under the agreement and provided bounced checks totaling $20,000 as well as failed to pay rent for the months of April, May, and June 2014…After repeated attempts to have (Patterson) honor his agreement, the Gorgas were left with no other choice, but to pursue legal action and filed a summons for eviction.”

Melissa, who has had to continue to pay the taxes on the mansion, told US Weekly, “I believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt, but I am not going to pay for a complete stranger to live in a multi-million dollar home.”

Reality Tea published Kai Patterson’s statement regarding the issue. According to Patterson, the Gorgas have failed to fix several problems with the property, many that stem from burst pipes that resulted from Melissa shutting off the utilities last September. Patterson says that he entered into a lease/purchase agreement with the Gorgas that entitles him to the benefits of a renter/landlord situation, while putting money towards the downpayment of the house. After many chances for Joe to fix the problems associated with the property as per the agreement, and some back and forth personal business dealings with Joe, Patterson decided to refuse payment until the issues were addressed. Patterson also says he received hateful texts from Melissa, whom, he believes, did not have full knowledge of the deals he had made with Joe.

All I can say is, had Patterson watched last year’s RHONJ he may have seen this coming. Who can forget when Jennifer Dalton went to turn on a sink in the mansion and the knob came off? Red flagging much?

In other NJ news, former RHONJ Danielle Staub is ready to come back to Bravo, but is Bravo ready for her? In a desperate plea to get back on the show and defend her family, Danielle ranted on her Facebook page about needing to come back for the sake of her children. In a series of tweets she also stated that Bravo TV  and Andy Cohen have asked her back on more than one occasion. Truth or delusion? Either way on Saturday Staub called for her fans to petition the network.



While on the subject of HW  casting, with summer in full swing, casting rumors for the upcoming seasons of The Real Housewives are warming up

TMZ reports that two former reality stars are set to return to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills next season! Former RHOBH cast members Camille Grammer and Adrienne Maloof were reportedly shooting scenes with the show’s current stars including Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Yolanda Foster,Kim Richards, and Brandi Glanville. 

After the recent network firings of newcomers Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia, there are two openings! However, this RHOBH return is too good to be true! Although both Camille and Adrienne were filming at Kyle’s annual White Party, there are no plans for them to return to the series in any full capacity, People confirms.

Major cast renovations may be underway in New York! As the current season of The Real Housewives of New York continues to plummet in the ratings, Bravo execs may be taking a significant bite out of the Big Apple.

“Bravo doesn’t want to cancel the series because New York is the unofficial capital of the United States,” an insider told Radar Online. “The amount of wealth concentrated into such a small area makes it a major drawThe entire current cast, including Sonja Morgan, Heather Thomson, Luann de Lesseps, and Carole Radziwill are all expected to get pinks slips,” the source said.

The source continued to say that Ramona Singer will most likely be the only current RHONY star to be offered a contract to return next season and that “Aviva Drescher could be offered a much smaller role, of series guest star.”

Remember, however, casting rumors always abound with Housewives. After the dramatic sixth season and an intense reunion brawl, rumors surrounding the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta began spiraling out of control. Porsha Williams was thought to have been fired after being removed from the season six reunion taping after an argument with cast mate Kenya Moore turned physical. Speculation surrounding the return of RHOA veteran NeNe Leakes also spiked after the dramatic reunion show.

Despite the rumors, all six ladies will be returning for season seven of the hit reality show. Porsha, Kenya, and Nene will be back to grace our telivision screens along with Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, and Kandi Burruss. The ladies are set to begin filming in the next few weeks. Season seven of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is likely to premier this November.

That’s all for now, but Reality Roundup will be back on WEDNESDAY! Lesley Rousso will dish weekly about some of the hottest reality TV shows on E!, MTV, VH1, FOX and many more in a new On Beyond Bravo column! Stay tuned!

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Jennifer Dalton – New Jersey’s New Girl

Jennifer Dalton doesn’t believe in sugarcoating. Self described as “honest and blunt” she admits she can come across “harsh”, but it’s all with the best intentions. As the newest Real Housewives of New Jersey friend she has already made a lasting impression on viewers. Her no holds barred attitude has settled her right in the middle of the show’s feuding sisters in law. We got a hold of her to find out who she is and exactly where her loyalties lie.

TBB: This is not your first turn in a Bravo series. You were on the second season of Pregnant In Heels (PIH) when you were expecting your daughter Reign. How did that filming experience compare to this one?

JD: Pregnant In Heels was very easy because it was about me. (RHONJ) was a lot more difficult because it’s about people I don’t really know very well.

TBB: In your episode of PIH Teresa Giudice made a guest appearance as one of your friends at your baby shower. Had you already been asked to be on RHONJ by then?

JD: No. Before I got pregnant they came to me for casting, but I was not going to be a cast member when PIH happened. My husband and I were going through a difficult time and then I found out I was pregnant. I told them “Now is not the right time but think about me in the future.” That’s when they came to me with PIH. It was a different production company than RHONJ, but still Bravo. Teresa and I have been friends for about 4 years. We met at a party. She was there for my baby shower and that’s it. It was my personal shower that cameras happened to be at.

TBB: What was Teresa’s reaction to you being added as a an associate cast member for Season 5?

JD: She loved it. I was actually the one who told her. She didn’t know and when I called her she was so happy.

TBB: In the most recent episode you were privy to a negative conversation about Melissa (Gorga) which you then went back and told her about. There’s a lot of talk about loyalty with both the cast and fans of this show. People want to know whose side are you on?

JD: Teresa is a dear friend of mine. I just met Melissa being on the show, so of course I will say Teresa. I did what I felt was right. When I heard Jan talking about Melissa I had to tell her, because if it was me I’d want somebody to do the same. I don’t care if the person telling me is someone I just met yesterday or have known forever. If someone is supposed to be your friend they shouldn’t be talking behind your back like that. People are now saying things, but let them call me whatever they want. There’s a lot of editing and in the end they made me look bad.

TBB: You reported to Melissa that Kim D has it out for her. I also saw you and Kim feuding recently on Twitter. A few months ago I saw you at a small party, not a filming, for Kim when she released her cuff line. What happened to your friendship?

JD: I honestly don’t know, she started just attacking me. I feel that she has to have it out with somebody to become relevant for the next season. I also feel that she’s afraid that I’m cutting into her territory.

TBB: You were introduced to the fans of the show as potentially Melissa and Joe’s realtor. I saw the house remains on the market. Is it your listing?

JD: No, it’s not my listing, but I did tell you that it wouldn’t sell for $3.8 million. Melissa told me they had a full asking price offer but it didn’t go through.

TBB: I know you filmed a lot and have a feeling we will see more of you. Are there any scenes that have been cut so far that you wished had been aired?

JD: I wish that the Hurricane Sandy event hadn’t been cut. It was the first time I met Melissa and Joe.

TBB: Yes, I remember, it was the first time we met as well. I too was surprised that wasn’t aired. If I recall Kim approached Melissa and Joe with an apology that night. Do you have any plans to return to the show next season?

JD: I have no idea. When I did film it was fun. It was new for me so I would probably do it again.

TBB: There’s been rumors of some drama at an event you held with the cast. Can you dish about it?

JD: (Laughs) Sorry, I can’t, but you will see. I’m pretty sure it will air. Lil Kim and Pepa (Salt n Pepa) were there as well as some other surprise guests. It was a huge party.

TBB: You mentioned that your marriage was in trouble around the time you filmed PIH. How are things now?

JD: I’m now getting a divorce and I am living at Lil Kim’s house. Kim D said I’d be living in the street if it wasn’t for my best friend but that’s not true at all. For me to get my own place would mean my daughter and I would be alone. I want to be around people that love and care about me. I will get my own place when I feel ready, but I have always had a room at (Lil) Kim’s house. She’s been my best friend for 18 years. My ex tried to keep me away from all of my friends so it’s nice to now be surrounded by them.

TBB: What does Kim think about your role on the show?

JD: She watches every episode I’m on. We watch together.

TBB: She’s also Reign’s godmother. How she doing at that very important job?

JD: Kim is a great godmother. She plays with Reign and she takes her places. She babysits too!

TBB: Thank you for speaking with me. Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?

JD: I’m a very honest, loving, and fun person. I look at life as you only live once. I’m outspoken and blunt so sometimes I can come off a bit harsh, but if I like you I like you and if I don’t I don’t. I just don’t like people thinking they know me when they don’t. I’m getting a lot of that being on Housewives. For me to go back and forth on Twitter with the haters, I just dont have time to do that. I feel bad for Teresa and Melissa and what they go through (on social media). I got along with everybody during filming. The only one who has a problem with me is Kim D…and Caroline.I heard she’s not my fan either. Oh well…

Want to learn more about Jennifer? Follow her on Twitter @flygirljennifer