As you may know, I’m currently writing the second Operation Beautiful book, which will be geared towards tweens and teens.  As I did for the first book, I’m running a contest to encourage people to send in creative and fun notes within the tight deadline (plus, you get to be in the book!). 


If you’re unfamiliar with Operation Beautiful, check out the most recent post.


Although the book is geared towards tweens and teens, the book will include notes from adults, too.  The adults’ stories will reflect on their own tween experiences and will hopefully help provide readers with a some perspective. 


Therefore, there will be TWO winners for this contest:


  • An adult aged 17 +
  • A teen or tween aged 16 or younger


The winners’ (+ many other entries!) notes will be featured in the upcoming book, which will be released in Summer 2012.  The two winners will also be able to select ONE of the following grand prizes – whatever their little hearts desire!  All of the prizes will be paid out of my own pocket (i.e. this contest is sponsored by yours truly).


Garmin 205 Running GPS Watch – Valued at $115

$100 Donated to the Charity of Your Choice or to a Friend/Family Member in Need (I trust you’ll donate the money to someone who needs it…)


A Bicycle of Your Choice from Toys R Us (Maximum Value $80) + $20 Gift Card for a Helmet – Valued at $100

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$100 Gift Certificate from Spa Finder to Use on Back Massage or Mani/Pedi at Salon of Your Choice


Glee Karaoke Machine + Glee Soundtrack (#4) – Valued at $80

  Glee: The Music, Volume 4

Coach Large Wristlet (Any Style, You Select!) – Valued at $98

$75 Gift Card to Toms Shoes (About 2 Pairs of Shoes)

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Sounds pretty epic, right?  :)  If you’d like a chance to win one of these amazing prizes:


  • Simply sign (or have your parents sign if you’re under 21) this release form and either scan/email it to me at or mail it to me at the address on the top of the release
  • Email me ( your Operation Beautiful photograph and indicate in the email that it is for the book contest (please note the photographs must be taken with a camera, not a cell phone)


That’s it! :)  The contest winners will be announced on January 26, 2010.


For the notes, I’m looking for notes with creative phrases (beyond the basic, “You are beautiful!”) in interesting places (like on street poles, written in chalk, on magazines, in the grocery store).   Here are two examples of winning notes from last year’s contest:

Voice Over (6)

Voice Over (5)

(PS – If you’ve already sent me a note for the second book, you’re automatically in the contest)


Thanks in advance for participating and spreading the Operation Beautiful love!


If you know any women, men, teens, or tweens who would like to participate in the contest (perhaps a fun holiday activity with your little cousins?), please pass on the word!


Happy holidays from Operation Beautiful and Healthy Tipping Point! 🙂 Thanks for a great year!



  • Baking 'n' Books December 22, 2010, 8:06 am

    Good luck to entrants!

    That STOP sign is a great idea – but dangerous! I’d be focused on the message and not paying attention to hitting the brake or those around me…;)

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 22, 2010, 8:09 am

    LOVE this contest! 🙂

  • molly December 22, 2010, 8:14 am

    Are the submissions just for notes? Just for storied? Both or either? Great idea!

    • Caitlin December 22, 2010, 8:22 am

      You must submit a photograph to be considered for the contest.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 22, 2010, 8:16 am

    This is one of the best contests I’ve ever found Caitlin!! Definitely going to work on an entry for you! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 22, 2010, 8:21 am

    This is a great thing to do! Good luck to all!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 22, 2010, 8:31 am

    I’m going to tell my little cousin about this!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 22, 2010, 8:37 am

    This is a great contest!!! 🙂

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 22, 2010, 9:15 am

    What great prizes! And you receive them for such a great cause. It’s a win win!

  • Michelle December 22, 2010, 9:16 am

    I passed this along to my boss who has a 13 year old girl. 🙂 Even though I read your blog every day and have know about OB for a long time the notes never fail to inspire and touch me.

  • Ally December 22, 2010, 9:28 am

    Having a contest for who can make the best notes and saying that one note is better than another seems against everything that OB stands for. Interesting.

    • Caitlin December 22, 2010, 9:36 am

      Thanks for your feedback.

      The contest is simply to encourage people to send in notes during the holiday season, especially within the tight deadline for printing. I did it this way for the first book, too. Prizes are just a fun motivation.

      • Ally December 22, 2010, 1:11 pm

        Still seems really backwards to me. Oh well, your book, not mine.

        • LauraJayne December 22, 2010, 3:46 pm

          Sometimes people need a little extra motivation to do something good. Since this book is built on the premise of the Operation Beautiful grassroots movement, I think that providing a little extra incentive to send something in is a great idea – and it might lead to an increased number of responses which will make the book even better! Plus, the prizes promote the things that are inherent to HTP and Operation Beautiful, so they fit in perfectly!

  • Dee December 22, 2010, 9:32 am

    What an awesome contest! I’ll try and spread the word out to all the teens I know! 🙂

  • Kelly December 22, 2010, 9:48 am

    Great contest idea! I’m sure you’ll get lots of great notes.

  • Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side December 22, 2010, 10:02 am

    I’ll get right on it! thanks 🙂

  • Liz December 22, 2010, 10:31 am

    This is a generous idea Caitlin, and will generate a lot of great creativity, I’m sure.

    I mean this in the most constructive way, but I would be a bit worried about using the street sign as an example. I’m not sure if there are legal issues to pasting things to stop signs in different regions, but it does seems like a bit of a safety issue.

  • Liz December 22, 2010, 10:31 am

    This is a generous idea Caitlin, and will generate a lot of great creativity, I’m sure.

    I mean this in the most constructive way, but I would be a bit worried about using the street sign as an example. I’m not sure if there are legal issues to pasting things to stop signs in different regions, but it does seems like a bit of a safety issue.

  • grocery goddess jen December 22, 2010, 11:06 am

    What a nice idea for a contest! I hope you get tons of great submissions.

  • Sarah for Real December 22, 2010, 11:06 am

    21?!? That is so weird. I know it’s not your decision and I think I heard something about how you had to work hard and wrestle with the waiver stuff. I guess according to the powers-that-be, you’re allowed to go fight and die in a war but not submit a not for OB.

    • Caitlin December 22, 2010, 11:08 am

      I also found it extremely weird that you have to have parent signature if you’re 20 because I think of 18 as the general age of consent. However, MOST states in the US say its 18, but some are 21. It’s too much work to figure out which are 18 and 21, so I’m just having everyone under 21 sign. It was quite the battle.

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) December 22, 2010, 11:58 am

    Great contest, Caitlin! I hope you get a lot of great entries!

  • Katherine: Unemployed December 22, 2010, 12:22 pm

    I used to read your blog and have just restarted blogging again. I look forward to having your thoughts on balance back in my life (that sounds weird haha sorry) I’m struggling with body image SO much right now it has really captivated my life. I can’t wait until I can checkout your book from my library (hello college budget)

    • Caitlin December 22, 2010, 12:23 pm

      <3 Welcome back to blogging!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 22, 2010, 2:24 pm

    Wow, what an awesome contest!! I’ll definitely be trying this one out. 🙂

  • Kiran December 22, 2010, 3:09 pm

    Awesomeness Caitlin! Good luck 🙂 I would be posting you a lot of photos during my road trip beginning tomorrow.

  • LauraJayne December 22, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I’m really excited for this book – it is something that my 13 year old sister will really benefit from! I only wish that it was coming out sooner – I started “fat talk” when I was around 13, and I don’t want it to be something that she battles with like I did!

    • Caitlin December 22, 2010, 3:50 pm

      I wish it could come out tomorrow! Do you think she can submit something for the book?

      • LauraJayne December 22, 2010, 5:43 pm

        Definitely. I’m just trying to figure out how to introduce it to her so she thinks of her own ideas!

  • Gigi December 23, 2010, 4:56 am

    I am sure you’ll get a lot of great OP notes and creative pics. I’ll like to spread the word out to people I know.

  • JASON JENNINGS, Sr. December 23, 2010, 10:58 pm

    this is a great contest

  • Kenneth Vale December 24, 2010, 3:08 am

    love it!

  • Charlotte Padgett December 24, 2010, 11:52 am

    I would love to win this.

    • Caitlin December 24, 2010, 6:32 pm

      I can’t wait to see your entry!

  • Celeste December 24, 2010, 6:45 pm

    When is the deadline for submitting a picture ?
    I love this idea !! …I have struggled with body image SO much and I’m only 14. I feel absolutely fantastic when I leave a OB note in a coffee shop bathroom/department store/etc, but this challenges me to think of where the note can have even more of an impact !

    • Caitlin December 24, 2010, 7:29 pm

      The deadline is January 26 but I hope to see yours sooner 🙂 You are a beautiful girl, don’t forget it!

  • serena depompa January 14, 2011, 12:46 pm

    great contest

  • john cabe January 18, 2011, 10:03 am

    What will they come up with next? SweeT!

  • Rosemary Kehl January 19, 2011, 1:03 pm

    What a great contest.

  • JASON JENNINGS, Sr. January 25, 2011, 10:26 pm

    Great contest

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