Teresa Giudice Opens Up About Her 'Whirlwind' Life After Prison

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was released on Dec. 23 after nearly a year in jail

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Since Teresa Giudice first walked out of prison on Dec. 23, she’s been going nonstop. Between filming for the next season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey to promoting her book Turning The Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again, written with PEOPLE Staff Writer K.C. Baker, the reality star has been embracing the chaos.

“It’s been a whirlwind since I’ve been home,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue.

But despite all the cameras and interviews, Giudice is just happy to be back with her family after spending nearly a year in jail.

“They’re very attached,” Giudice says of her four daughters: Gia, 15, Gabriella, 12, Milania, 10, and Audriana, 6. “I love it. Lots of hugs and kisses. In one day I’d say like over a hundred kisses.”

For much more from Teresa Giudice, plus an exclusive interview with her husband Joe as he prepares to serve his own prison sentence, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE Magazine, on newsstands Friday

And her husband Joe can’t get enough either.

“The first night I got home, Joe and I and our daughters all slept all together,” she says. “It was the best feeling ever, but my husband and I had to sneak into another room in the middle of the night.”

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While the family is happy to finally be reunited, they’re treasuring every minute they have together before they’re split up for a second time.

Joe will begin serving his own 41-month prison sentence at Fort Dix in March, after which he may be deported.

For PEOPLE’s full coverage of what’s going on with Teresa Giudice and her family these days, visit PEOPLE.com/Teresa

Even though time with his family is limited, Joe hopes to make the most of his time in jail.

“I’m looking at it like a rehabilitation for me,” he says. “The whole year Teresa was gone, I drank a couple bottles of wine at night every day just to go to bed.”

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