I use Photoshop Elements 8 and used actions downloaded for free from The Coffee Shop Blog. I love LOVE these actions and use a variety of them on my own photos. I like how she explains what she did in each layer of the action and gives advice on how to further edit each layer when needed in her tutorial.
As I labeled, you can see the top photo is the unedited version, the one I downloaded from the site. I then ran the vivid pop action, making the soft layer active at 50% opacity and the bright layer active. It sure brightens up the photo!
Next, I ran the Vanilla B&W action. I put the vanilla tint layer at 40% and made the sharpen layer active. I love this little boy's eyelashes, and wanted to make them a focal point in the editing. This is especially true in the last photo, the Hot Cocoa 2 action. After running the action, I used the brush on the layer mask at a low opacity to take away most of the haziness from his face, especially on the eyes.
I just downloaded the 2-photo groupings used here from MCPActions. Love them!